Ben Eccles

Ben Eccles

Ben Eccles joined up with International Sports Management in January 2016, shortly after taking the decision to turn professional.

The Australian won the 2015 NSW Open, shooting 19 under par to beat a host of ex-European Tour and PGA Tour players and become only the fifth amateur to win the trophy since 1931.

As well as his memorable win at the NSW Open, Ben regularly contended throughout the 2015 season, finishing third at the Oates Victorian Open, where he will play his first tournament of this year, as well as 15th place at the WA Open on the PGA Tour of Australasia.

The youngster, who developed his game at the Victorian Institute of Sport Golf Program, where new stablemate Todd Sinnott also came through, enjoyed a stellar amateur career, finishing sixth at the Canadian Amateur Championship and 14th at the St Andrews Links Trophy.

Although he grew up in Australia, the early part of Ben’s childhood was spent in Horwich, where ISM chief executive officer Chubby Chandler hails from.

On joining ISM, he said: “I’ve been looking forward to turning professional for a long time and I will start the next stage of my career with a lot of confidence after last year’s win.

“I feel it’s the right time to take the step and I’m looking forward to working with International Sports Management and Chubby Chandler. I feel really grateful to have them and their expertise behind me.”

International Sports Management is one of the world’s leading sports agencies and has guided the careers of the likes of Lee Westwood, Darren Clarke and Louis Oosthuizen.

Chubby said: “Ben has so much promise and is already starting to deliver on it.

“With the Horwich connection, I’ve known about Ben for a long time and we’re looking forward to helping him show what he can do on the world stage.” 

In his second overseas professional start, Ben finished in a share of ninth place at the Dimension Data Pro-Am, shooting two rounds of 64, one of which included eight birdies in his last nine holes.

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